Hooksey

Hooksey

Hooksey is the highest point of the long northern ridge descending from Randygill Top that separates the valleys of Weasdale and Bowderdale.

Height (m): 586
Height (ft): 1923
Prominence (m): 68
Classification: Dewey
Hill No: 3580
Grid Ref: NY685008
OS Map OL19
No. of Visits 1

The fell is one of a number of a 500m+ summits in the Howgills that receives few visitors. It is most easily approached from the north on a grassy path from the farm at Weasdale, at the end of a dead end road from Newbiggin-on-Lune.

Hooksey and Randygill Top from West Fell on the other side of Bowderdale
Hooksey and Randygill Top from West Fell on the other side of Bowderdale

Even by the minimalist standards of the Howgills the summit cairn on Hooksey is tiny. With high fells to the east and south the view is somewhat curtailed. The panorama to the north and west more than makes up for this though.

The tiny summit cairn on Hooksey
The tiny summit cairn on Hooksey

Hooksey is joined to Randygill Top by a narrow col called Leathgill Bridge. The steep pull up Leathgill Bridge to Randygill Top is the key to a great circular walk above Weasdale that also includes Green Bell, one of the finest viewpoints in the northern Howgill fells.

The view of Hooksey from the other side of Leathgill Bridge
The view of Hooksey from the other side of Leathgill Bridge

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